Many folks argue that historic preservation is elitist, time-consuming, expensive and a drain on resources, further claiming that it’s a whole lot easier, cheaper and more practical to replace an old building with something new—especially when that means more housing. However, on the other side of that coin is the argument that historic districts and the architecture preserved within them are a critical part of maintaining the culture and the air of a place. Really, can you imagine a West Village made up only of tall glass buildings?
On Monday, July 20th at 6:30-8:30 PM, join a panel of community activists, preservationists and architects at The Museum of the City of NY as they discuss the challenges of preserving unique neighborhoods “whose greatest asset lies in the histories they contain, rather than the quality of their buildings.” Panelists will include Claudette Brady, a Bed-Stuy resident and essayist of the book Saving Place; Kerri Culhane, Two Bridges’ Associate Director; Nikolai Fedak, of pro-development blog YIMBY; Tia Powell Harris, Weeksville President & Executive Director; and Paimaan Lodhi, REBNY Vice President for Urban Planning. Laurie Beckelman, Founding Partner of Beckelman+Capalino will serve as the moderator. The event is free for museum members and $16 for general public. You can purchase tickets here.
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